1979 World Rally Championship, Ford Escort RS

Perhaps the most iconic place in the rallying world, Monte-Carlo to this day is the most challenging place in the WRC championship. Traditionally held in January, the rally puts the drivers to the test in different conditions such as snowy, icy, wet or dry asphalt - sometimes it can change on the same stage! It was no different back in 1979, an important milestone for the WRC: when the drivers' championship was first introduced. Remarkably, that year already offered one of the closest rivalries ever - Bjorn Waldegaard (pictured above) and Hannu Mikkola were just one point apart in the end. Waldegaard, one of the finest rally drivers of the 70s, missed out on winning Rally Monte-Carlo by six seconds with his Ford Escort RS 1800 MKII that year, but further six podiums and two wins were enough for his first and only WRC title.